CTO promotes comprehensive lineup for CTC-29

Prime Minister Perry Christie of the Bahamas will be the featured speaker at the opening ceremony of the Caribbean Tourism Organization's annual Caribbean Tourism Conference on Grand Bahama Island Oct. 22 to 25.

In addition, Tracey Weber, Travelocity's COO of North America, will deliver the keynote address on Oct. 23, and Peter Davies, CEO of BWIA, will wrap up the conference on Oct. 25.

In between, the roster of speakers will focus on the conference theme, "Cooperation, Innovation, Rejuvenation: Creating a Brand New Caribbean."

The lineup includes: Gary Sain, chief marketing officer and a partner of Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell marketing and advertising agency; Gregg Anderson, regional vice president of acquisitions, Southeast, Intrawest; Leon Corbett, marketing officer at Visit Florida; Susanna Mander, director of brand management, Paradisus Resorts; and Fred Laundsberry, CEO of the Paradise Island Promotion Board.

Moderating a MasterClass on travel distribution will be Joel Chusid, chairman of the Association of Travel Marketing Executives; along with James McNair, president of Sabre Canada; Douglas Kostwoski, a travel agent and president of the CTO South Florida chapter; Michael Hering, president of SkyAuction; and Laura Veglia, Expedia's regional director for the Caribbean region.

Richard Kahn, president of Kahn Travel Communications, will lead a session in crisis communications.

In addition, industry speaker and consultant Marc Mancini will address travel agents on "The Secrets of Non-Manipulative Sales," while consultant Ty Christian will cover niche markets and cultural heritage markets.

Conference schedules and registration information can be found at www.onecaribbean.org.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at[email protected].

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